Relatively Happy

Relativity Series, Book 3

Fiction - Chick Lit
329 Pages
Reviewed on 02/02/2020
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Relatively Happy: Relativity Series, Book 3 is a contemporary chick-lit novel written by Whitney Dineen. While it’s the third book in the series, the author includes enough background information for this novel to be enjoyed as a standalone. As far as her friends are concerned, Sarah’s got her life in fine shape. Her organic farm is thriving, and her daily morning Sun Salutations leave her energized and thrilled with life. The summer is just starting up, and her farm stand is ready. Likewise, her new vegan cafe has her enthused and ready to bring healthy lifestyles to even more people. The cafe is being set up in one of the yurts she put up on her property for clients who come for detoxification and just to get back to nature. So what’s missing?

Whitney Dineen’s Relatively Happy puts the focus in this series on Sarah Hastings, Cat Masterton’s childhood friend and boon companion. Sarah is a fascinating character: part Earth Mother, natural living Goddess and marvelously clueless when it comes to romance -- or is it that in the preceding two books the reader can’t help but see Sarah as a force complete in herself? I loved seeing more deeply what makes Sarah tick, and her interactions with Terraz, her spirit guide, are marvelous. Dineen’s character also becomes infinitely more human in this third book. Knowing that she secretly does crave the bacon and fast food she’s given up, she still dreams of the corn dogs (three of them) she ate at that fair, and still prefers real to ersatz coffee gives her dimension and allows the reader an empathetic connection. Watching as she tries to figure out which man has been sent to her by the universe is both comedic and touching. Dineen’s plot is well-crafted and engaging, and her characters are marvelous. Relatively Happy: Relativity Series, Book 3 is most highly recommended.

Edith Wairimu

The third in Whitney Dineen’s enthralling series, Relatively Happy is a humorous chick lit novel that follows the delightful experiences of its main character, Sarah Hastings. Sarah remains in Gelson, a small town in Central Illinois, even after her best friend leaves for New York. As an organic farmer, with her own vegan café and a yurt B&B business, Sarah has little time for herself let alone dating. When her spirit guide informs her that a man will be coming her way, Sarah is admittedly delighted and cannot wait for the universe to deliver on the promise. But instead of one, three potential boyfriends appear; a striking football star, a photojournalist who shares similar values with Sarah, and a nice-looking organic pig farmer. Will Sarah finally find the one she has been waiting for?

Like the other books in the series, Relatively Happy maintains an eccentric cast of characters from Nan, an outspoken and genuine elderly lady, to Dorcas, Nan’s partner in crime. The characters are well-developed through their unique personalities with each playing a significant role in the work while the setting reflects the joys of small-town living and the beauty and delight of country life. Since the work is written from the main character’s point of view, it ensures that Sarah’s experiences take center stage in the plot so that the story remains focused. The humor incorporated in the novel makes the dialogues engaging and the story even more entertaining. Relatively Happy is an amazing contemporary love story that readers will enjoy.

Rabia Tanveer

Relatively Happy by Whitney Dineen is the story of Sarah Hastings, a young woman who thought that her life was changing for the better, but fate had other plans for her. Sarah was happy with her life; she had a successful vegan café, her B&B and her organic farm. She is terribly busy but she loves every single moment of it. However, when three undeniably attractive men come knocking on her door, she knows that fate has sent her a man to keep, but which one of them is it? Sarah has a plan, one that she knows is going to work just fine for her. Just when she thought things would be perfect, her parents barge into her life and change everything for her and her potential cosmic soulmate. She has a lot riding on the universe and she is hoping that it will not let her down!

This is such a lighthearted and fun novel; I had a smile on my face throughout the time I was reading it. Sarah is such a fun-loving and quirky character; she is smart, genuine and very likable. She reminds me of my best friend and how amazing is that. Usually, characters like her are often conceived of as shallow or one-dimensional, but this was not the case with Sarah. Her growth was tremendous; she loved for the sake of love and lived it every moment. I loved how she was sweating over three guys, trying to find which of them was her exact match, but in the end, she just let love happen. To say that I enjoyed this novel would be an understatement! Very entertaining!